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ITHACA, N.Y. — Since its inception in 1992, the Community Arts Partnership has administered over $4.6 million in grants to Tompkins County arts organizations, not-for-profits, individual artists and public schools.

Tompkins County not-for-profits, and artists are invited to take a look at the four 2020 grants offered through the Community Arts Partnership. Deadlines for applications starts on October 3rd. Guidelines, applications and lists of past recipients is at CAP’s website,

CAP’s 2019 Grantees are listed below.

Grants for Arts Programs” (GAP) provides funds for arts and cultural activities.

The “Artist in Community Grant” helps artists with the creation of new work that incorporates community involvement.

The “Arts Education Grant” supports artist residencies in public schools and after school programs.

The privately funded Specific Opportunity Stipend (SOS) provides funds for artists to take advantage of strategic career opportunities.

All guidelines, applications and deadlines are at

“We are thrilled to be able to both fund a huge variety of diverse and exciting programming and to help artists make a life here in Tompkins County,” said Robin Schwartz, CAP Program Director.

“CAP’s slate of support for the local arts doesn’t stop at the grant programs! Their public programs connect artists to audiences and include the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the Spring Writes Literary Festival, the CAP ArtSpace, and the Ithaca Artist Market. CAP’s networking events and workshops help artists make a life in the arts in Tompkins County!”

Here is a list of grantees for 2019: (See more about grantee projects at

2019 Grants for Arts Programs (GAP)

Funded through New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), GAP grants make funds available throughout the County to libraries, arts organizations, towns, villages, community centers and the like for professional arts and cultural projects.

  • Cancer Resource Center, outdoor murals
  • Danby Community Council, concerts
  • Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, concerts
  • Downtown Ithaca Alliance, gallery Night
  • Dryden Intergenerational Band & Chorus, concerts
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, senior events
  • Groton Village, art show
  • Groton Village, summer concert series
  • Groton Public Library, family programs
  • Ink Shop Printmaking Center, exhibits
  • Ithaca Ballet, performances
  • Ithaca Children’s Garden, performances
  • Ithaca City of Asylum, readings
  • Ithaca Community Chorus, concerts
  • Ithaca Community Orchestra, concerts
  • Ithaca Concert Band, concerts
  • Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival
  • Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, concerts
  • Ithaca New Immersive Tech Festival|
  • Ithaca Underground, concerts
  • Ithaca Underground, Queer Sound
  • Lansing Library, family programs
  • Microtones, concerts
  • Opera Ithaca, concerts
  • Opus Ithaca School of Music, concert
  • Qinfolk Festival, Film & Arts
  • Running to Places Theatre
  • Senior Theatre Troupe of Lifelong
  • Southside Comm Center, dollar dances
  • Southworth Library, family programs
  • State of the Art Gallery, exhibits
  • Tompkins County Public Library, exhibits
  • Triphammer Arts, Watermusic/Dance
  • Ulysses Library, family programming
  • VOICES Multicultural Chorus. concerts

2019 Artist in Community grant

Funded through NYSCA, the Artist in Community Grants support the creation of new work of artists whose interaction with communities is an integral part of their art-making.

  • Shira Evergreen, “Ithaca is Murals” film
  • Scott Hitz, Puppeteer in Residence at TCPL

2019 Arts Education

Funded through NYSCA, the Arts Education Grants assist artists & schools, or cultural institutions, in developing and implementing visual and performing arts residencies for maximum student impact.

  • Holly Adams, “Math, Friendship, Life Skills, Theatre” residency at Belle Sherman Elementary
  • Camille Doucet, illustration residency at South Hill Elementary
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, STEAM residency
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Dance Cultural Exchange
  • Elisa Sciscioli Keeler, music & performance Southside Community Center residency
  • Running to Places Theatre at BJM Elementary

Latest Specific Opportunity Stipend

Funded through a private donor, the Specific Opportunity Stipend funds Tompkins County artists who have an opportunity that will significantly advance their artistic career.

  • Michael Barakiva, theatre artist
  • The Blind Spots. musicians
  • Michael Brutvan, visual artist
  • Ned Carlson, photographer
  • Cheryl Delaney, choreographer
  • Emma Ellis, musical theatre
  • Brenna Fitzgerald, writer
  • Lily Gershon, puppeteer
  • Sarah Hennies, musician
  • Ithaca Murals
  • Irina Kassabova, visual artist
  • Becky Lane, filmmaker
  • Rachel Lampert, playwright
  • R.J. Lavine, theatre
  • Jay Leeming, storyteller
  • Bruce Levitt, theatre artist
  • Vanessa McCaffery, visual artist
  • Kathy Morris, photographer
  • Andrea Murray, producer
  • Matthew Ocone musician
  • Josh Oxford, composer
  • Jari Poulin, photographer
  • Michelle Rogers Pritzl, photographer
  • Marilyn Rivchin, filmmaker
  • Kadie Salfi, visual artist
  • Chad Walsh, musician
  • Theo Whitley, musician
  • Linda Wingerter. puppeteer
  • Angela Jane Yantorno, musician

2019 Arts and Culture Organizational Development

This program is by invitation only. CAP administers the Arts and Culture Organizational Development program (ACOD) with funds from the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The goal of the program is to support and strengthen our significant cultural tourism assets.

  • Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
  • Cinemapolis
  • Community School of Music and Arts
  • Hangar Theatre
  • Kitchen Theatre
  • Museum of the Earth
  • History Center in Tompkins County
  • Running to Places Theatre
  • Sciencenter
  • State Theatre

Featured image: Teaching Artist Lisa Tsetse receives an Arts Education grant to do work with pre-K students, where dance is used to teach literacy. (Provided Photo)

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